The massive North Face of Owens Ridge can be seen from Highway 395, teasing northbound climbers on their way to Eastern Sierra destinations. Access to this beautiful rocky face is a lot more work than it appears, as you must scale the south face of the ridge from behind, then descend loose, steep gullies to get to the start of the numerous, long routes on the various rocks of the North Face.
Owens Ridge is accessed by driving to the parking area for the Owens Peak Trail, as described in the Indian Wells Canyon area entry.
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El Centro 5.5 R CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Rock II - North Face
From the end of the rappel to the forest, a huge chimney is visible to the right. El Centro begins pretty much right in front of you, about 40 feet to the left of the big chimney.The route climbs a crack system up to and over the right end of a ragged arch about 200 feet off the deck. Once you're above the arch, traverse above it to the left into a crack that diagonals up and right. Follow this crack up to a system of ledges that you can see go back to the descent route. You could escape the...[more] Browse More Classics in CA